The Queen Consort has said she is “deeply saddened” to hear of the death of Paul O’Grady who she worked with closely as part of her work in support of Battersea Dog Centre.
Camilla, who appeared alongside O’Grady in a special one-off episode of For The Love Of Dogs last year, said the comedian’s “warm heart and infectious humour lit up the lives of so many”.
A statement published on The Royal Family’s Twitter page said O’Grady had provided “lots of laughter and many waggy-tailed memories” when the pair worked together.
O’Grady’s husband, Andre Portasio, announced early on Wednesday morning that the presenter, also known for his drag queen persona Lily Savage, had died at the age of 67.
“It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening,” Mr Portasio said in a statement.
“We ask, at this difficult time, that whilst you celebrate his life you also respect our privacy as we come to terms with this loss.
“He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.
“I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.”
This story is being updated.